Update: day five of firefighter strike action

A two hour Fire Brigades Union strike took place between 1200 hrs and 1400 hrs today (Wednesday, August 13).

During this period we received nine calls and attended three incidents. Some calls were of a minor nature or duplicates and did not require an attendance. No emergencies went unattended.

Incidents attended were:

1219 hrs Guard House Avenue, Keighley. Fire in open.

1232 hrs Sheltered housing in Heckmondwike. Fumes from cooking set off alarm.

1251 hrs Church Street, Keighley. Person locked in.

We also had two incidents involving faulty detectors in Leeds and an automatic fire alarm at Kirkstall Industrial Park, which did not require attendance.

During last night’s strike between 2259 hrs and 2359 hrs:

2315 hrs Middleton, Leeds, automatic fire alarm set off by smoking materials. 

2355 hrs Boar Lane, Leeds, automatic fire alarm set off smoking materials.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “The two hour strike period today has been fairly quiet, however, the last 48 hour period has been particularly busy for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“Whilst we have not attended any particularly large incidents we have been called to a number of small, but serious incidents.

“This serves as a reminder, if one were needed, that the risk to the community from fire and other emergencies is ever present. Both our regular crews and contingency strike crews have been tested and, as ever, have performed exceptionally well.”

For a summary of incidents attended outside strike hours visit http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/incidents